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Groceries A La Cart
5 months ago

Groceries A La Cart

By  •  Online Shopping

Food delivery services are flourishing, and some analysts believe the grocery industry could follow the retail industry’s lead to a model based increasingly on online ordering. But some Rice Business professors are urging us not to put the cart before the horse: major hurdles need to be overcome before that future is possible, they say.

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Culture Clash
5 months ago

Culture Clash

By  •  Mergers and Acquisitions

We’ve seen a dramatic transformation in shopping and retail in the past couple of years — a whole host of bankruptcies, the closing of hundreds of stores and a large increase in the number of online transactions. One day we will reach the tipping point where the majority of shopping is done online.

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Moral Compass
10 months ago

Moral Compass

By  •  Business Ethics

Are ethical leaders developed by training or just drawn that way? In a study of moral choice in the workplace, Rice professors Erik Dane and Scott Sonenshein argue that ethical expertise oftentimes is a teachable skill.

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Resourcefulness
10 months ago

Resourcefulness

By  •  Book Excerpt

In this jaunty exploration of the many forms of human resourcefulness business professor Scott Sonenshein teaches us we all have more to work with than we can imagine.

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Hive Mind
11 months ago

Hive Mind

By  •  corporate culture

For entrepreneurs, the need for self-improvement is obvious: you’re either getting better at what you do, or you’re getting beaten by someone else. The vast majority of other workers, those who draw a paycheck from an employer, also crave self-improvement. But who decides what that improvement looks like?

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It’s Not Easy Being Green
1 year ago

It’s Not Easy Being Green

By  •  Advocacy at Work

Advocacy for a cause at work can be difficult – especially on the issue of climate change. But assessing personal strengths and weaknesses can help employees (and potential employees) be better advocates for their causes.

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Truck Dance
1 year ago

Truck Dance

By  •  Small Business

Food truck operators share a strong social or collective identity that belies traditional notions of competition and the many competitive pressures of food truck life. That sense of identity leads to lots of cooperation, banding trucks together to survive and make the market stronger and more welcoming. By forming a collective identity, you view the success of the group as your own success.

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Compliments Of The Chef
2 years ago

Compliments Of The Chef

By  •  Competition

Competition historically has been seen as a recipe for sabotage and aggression in business. But a group of big-city food truck vendors discovered that cooperation, high standards and really great dishes brought their competition a different flavor.

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Tell Me A Story
2 years ago

Tell Me A Story

By  •  Peer-to-Peer Lending

In the thinly regulated new world of digital peer-to-peer lending, thoughtful borrowers and lenders can both gain an edge by paying attention to stories. For borrowers, digitally crafting a responsible life story can make the difference in landing a loan. For lenders, a shrewd read of these stories can yield a treasure trove of clues about whom to trust.

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Money Talks
2 years ago

Money Talks

By  •  Organizational Behavior

Businesses are more proactive than ever about social issues like diversity, discrimination and the environment. To understand what they’re advocating—and why—start by studying their workers.

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When Love Is Not Enough
2 years ago

When Love Is Not Enough

By  •  Small Business

Sometimes in business, love isn’t enough. Te House of Tea closed after nine years because no one wanted to buy the small business from its founder and creator. “Trying to sell a social vision,” Rice Business professor Scott Sonenshein says, “is a lot different from trying to market a space purely for money.”

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Is Necessity Truly The Mother Of Invention?
3 years ago

Is Necessity Truly The Mother Of Invention?

By  •  Resource Management

Creativity can be fostered in a variety of resource environments. It’s the specific actions of managers and employees that foster creativity.

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